For me, jewelry is a labor of love. It involves needle pokes, sore necks, sore backs, and picking tiny beads up off of the floor far more often that should be the case!
But. I love it. I love the act of creation. I love finding color combinations that work. Getting the wire wrapping *just right* on a piece. Learning new techniques and relearning long-forgotten ones. I love starting a piece of jewelry with only an idea of what I want and watching it come into being. I know that sounds funny, but after all of these years creating I still seem to be incapable of envisioning a specific piece and then bringing it to life. My pieces are always an evolution. I never quite know how they will end up. Often, I am mid-creation and either opt to go a different route with a piece than was originally planned, or I find that my original thought just isn't going to work.
That's the thing I love most about art. It captures the imagination, the essence of something, a perception of something, conveys a thought, creates a feeling, and is NEVER what I think it's going to be. I don't think art is created. I believe it exists in infinite forms, and it is the artist's honor to be the vessel for conveyance.